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Governor signs bill concerning divorce and spousal support

By Jim Tyrrell | Jul 21, 2018

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards recently signed a bill expanding on and clarifying legislation related to divorce and spousal support.

Law scholar says measure requiring unanimous jury vote for felony convictions in Louisiana is needed

By John Sammon | May 1, 2018

BATON ROUGE — A measure proposed by state Sen. J.P. Morrell (D-New Orleans) that would change the requirement to convict a defendant of a felony to a unanimous jury vote from a nonunanimous vote could lead to the single most important legal reform in the state’s history, a law scholar said.

Louisiana Senate approves bill to protect sexual assault victims from slander lawsuits

By Sandra Lane | Apr 2, 2018

&&& The Louisiana Senate passed a bill on March 20 to postpone any slander lawsuits filed against people who allegedly have been victims of sexual assault. If the House approves it, courts will be required to postpone any slander lawsuits filed against alleged sexual assault victims.

Former Louisiana state senator reinstated to law practice after tax evasion conviction

By Karen Kidd | Feb 4, 2018

Disbarred Monroe attorney and former Louisiana state Sen. Charles D.

Louisiana House of Representatives passes controversial free speech bill

By Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | May 29, 2017

The Louisiana House recently passed a free speech bill over concerns that controversial guests wouldn’t be allowed to speak at the state's public university campuses.

Boustany sues Simon & Shuster over prostitution allegations

By Kerry Goff | Dec 4, 2016

LAFAYETTE — Republican John Kennedy emerged from the crowded primary for the Senate seat left vacant by departing Republican David Vitter with advantages over Democrat Foster Campbell as they head into the Dec. 10 runoff.

Debate controversy shows need to alter admissions criteria, level the playing field

By Gianni da Costa | Oct 24, 2016

BATON ROUGE - On the evening of Oct. 18, five candidates running for the U.S. Senate met at Louisiana Tech University for a debate. The other 19 candidates were forced to watch from home, because they did not meet the criteria for admission.

Former Tulane professor continues 20-year fight against judge

By John Breslin | Oct 11, 2016

NEW ORLEANS -- More than 20 years after Carol Bernofsky first filed suit for wrongful dismissal from his job as a biochemistry professor, he is still fighting what he believes is a grave injustice.

Senate hopeful Hebert fails to meet debate requirements, files injunction

By Melissa Landon | Oct 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — Former state alcohol and tobacco control commissioner Troy Hebert, who is running for the Senate, asked a judge to force Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) and the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) include him in an upcoming debate despite his failure to meet participation requirements.

Senate resolution that approved closure of Huey P. Long Medical Center deemed null and void

By Carrie Salls | Jul 9, 2016

BATON ROUGE – A state Senate resolution that was partially responsible for the June 30, 2014 closure of the Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville was recently deemed “null and void” by a judge in the 19th Judicial District Court.

H.B. 146 encourages mentors to participate in Re-entry Courts

By Dawn Brotherton | May 22, 2016

BATON ROUGE—House Bill 146 is one of a number of measures introduced in the Louisiana State Legislature this session that are meant to eliminate obstacles for convicted felons re-entering society after offense.

Equal pay bill may have trouble clearing Louisiana House

By Whitney Wright | May 10, 2016

BATON ROUGE – Although hardly anyone would argue against men and women earning equal pay, a new bill by state Sen. JP Morrell (D-Dist. 3) met opposition by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and other state senators earlier this year.

City disputes contents of white paper on World Trade Center dispute given to Senate

By Karen Kidd | Apr 27, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The city of New Orleans and other defendants in litigation brought by a company that lost its bid to develop the former World Trade Center dispute the contents of a white paper an attorney for the company provided to members of a state Senate committee.

Bill that could cost Two Canal Street Investors millions passes Senate, moves to House

By Karen Kidd | Apr 22, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Legislation that could cost the losing bidder suing the city of New Orleans over the former World Trade Center development millions of dollars almost unanimously passed the state Senate earlier this week and is now in the House, over the objections of the losing bidder.

Proposed legislation could cost Two Canal Street Investors millions

By Karen Kidd | Apr 20, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The state senator who introduced a bill that could cost the losing bidder suing the city over the former World Trade Center development millions of dollars said in an interview he is holding out hope for the legislation. 

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